X (formerly Twitter) a prominent social media platform has been inaccessible in Pakistan as of February 17, 2024. This report aims to analyze the blocking mechanism employed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to restrict access to X within the country. Through a detailed analysis of network traffic data and traceroute examinations, this study aims to understand the methods employed by PTA for censorship, their implications, and the broader context of internet censorship in Pakistan. Analysis of network traffic captured during attempted access to X reveals the blocking mechanism utilized by the PTA, which are discussed below in the results section.

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Feb 23, 2024 By bytesforall